The road rules you didn’t realise you were breaking

The rules you didn't know you were breaking behind the wheel

We usually know when we’ve broken the rules of the road. Speeding, undertaking, running red lights – catch the gaze of someone committing these offences and you’ll see it in their eyes: they know what they’re doing.

Some road rules, however, are more obscure. Indeed, you might not even know you’re breaking them.

Click4reg surveyed 2,192 British drivers, to see how clued-up they were on the more obscure rules of the road.

The most-broken rulesThe rules you didn't know you were breaking behind the wheel

In terms of the most-broken rules you might not know about, using your phone to pay at a drive-thru leads by far.

A whopping 78 percent of respondents said they’d done this.

The rules you didn't know you were breaking behind the wheel

In second is swearing and aggressive behaviour, with 67 percent admitting to it. And 41 percent said they were aware it’s an offence, too.

Stationary beeping (63 percent), driving over 30mph on a street-lit road (61 percent) and fitting a sat nav to the wrong part of the windscreen (55 percent) follow in third fourth and fifth places. Only 30, 37, and 15 percent of respondents respectively actually knew these were offences. Concerning in the case of urban speeding…

The least-known rulesThe rules you didn't know you were breaking behind the wheel

Just 13 percent of respondents said they knew it was an offence to sleep in their car while drunk, while 33 percent said they’d done it.

Only 18 percent of motorists thought splashing pedestrians with puddles was an offence – and a mean-spirited 37 percent were guilty of doing so.

The final least-known offence is leaving a car idling. Nearly half (44 percent) of drivers admitted to this.

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